While summer is not officially over, it sure feels like it at ASU with classes and campus in full swing. We had a great summer as a team and are excited to begin our skill and team workouts again. Our first game on November 14th is right around the corner!
I was blessed to see and talk with so many Sun Devils this summer. Whether I was here in Tempe, Pittsburgh or California, we are always surrounded by the Sun Devil Nation. We even had visitors from Hong Kong! Mike Zamora and his son visited us here in Tempe before going to Shanghai to watch Bo Barnes play the Shanghai Sharks as part of the Pac-12 Basketball All Star Tour.
Here are the most often asked questions from Summer 2014:
How is recruiting going? While NCAA Bylaws preclude me from commenting on any specific recruits, I can say that our recruiting is going well. We are involved with terrific student-athletes that will continue to elevate the ASU Basketball brand and complement our aggressive, fast style of play.
What do you think of this year’s team? I really like our team on and off the court. We are going to be deeper, more athletic and tougher. While we won’t have the rim protection that Jordan provided, we will employ other defensive strategies to keep our opponents from scoring. I like the way we are rebounding the ball too and look for improvement from last year in that area. We have a tough group of young men that are going to play hard all 40 minutes of every game. Please stop by our open practice at Weatherup on Saturday, October 11th so you can personally meet them. Stay tuned for the exact time.
Where are we going to get our points this season? No doubt a lot of points graduated with the departure of Jordan, Jermaine and Jahii. And while Jon Gilling will continue to be a large part of our offense, we look to be less predictable this season with different players scoring in double digits each night.
What are you reading? I am currently reading Boys in the Boat. This summer I also read Getting to Yes and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I am always looking for good non-fiction, so if you have any suggestions, hit me on twitter @HerbSendek with your suggestions!
This past week I spent a wonderful evening with Devils Barb and Rich Malone at Larry Fitzgerald’s Charity Dinner. It was a fun evening. I appreciate so much the work he does here in our community.